Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

Library Art Programs for Big Kids

90 minutes, including a PowerPoint and time to create. Maximum 30, ages 7-12.


Summer Reading 2017


Programs for both iREAD's "Read by Design" and CSLP's "Build a Better World"


Eric Carle Animals: A Drawing Workshop

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle's classic book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?. Join us and learn how to draw some of your favorite animals in the style of Eric Carle using oil pastels. 


Gnome Homes: An Architectural Drawing Workshop

Use your imagination in this fun drawing class, where you'll conjure up a cozy little forest home for a gnome or fairy. Christine's guidance and reference sheets will help you on your creative architectural journey.


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How to Draw Robots

In this drawing class, you are the inventor! First you’ll practice drawing a robot step-by-step with Christine. Then you’ll draw the robot of your choice, either using worksheets for guidance or entirely from your own imagination.

 


Chicago Team Logos: A Painting Workshop

Celebrate your favorite Chicago team with this fun painting workshop. We'll talk about how sports logos are designed. Then you'll choose your favorite team logo, learn to transfer a drawing to watercolor paper, outline with sharpies, and add color with watercolor pencils. No painting experience required.


Art is Delicious: A Drawing Workshop

Learn about artist Wayne Thiebaud and improve your perspective drawing in this fun art workshop. Using oil pastels on black paper, follow the step by step instructions, adding your own creative twists with color and texture.


Trending: Pokémon and Minecraft Art Programs


How to Draw Pokémon

Learn to draw Pokémon characters with art teacher Christine Thornton. We'll draw all together following a step-by-step process. Then draw whichever Pokémon you want, with lots of worksheets and Christine's help to guide you. 


How to Draw Minecraft Characters

Improve your art skills by learning to draw Minecraft characters. We'll draw Steve and Creeper in 3D perspective all together following a step-by-step process. Then use your creativity to draw whatever Minecraft stuff you want! 


Minecraft Selfies: A Collage Workshop

Art teacher Christine Thornton will teach you how to make a Minecraft-themed portrait. We'll use scissors, paper and glue to simulate pixels and capture your unique look.  Portraits can be selfies, a character from Minecraft, or whoever you'd like!


Painting Programs


Fall Birch Trees: A Painting Workshop 

Celebrate fall with a painting workshop. Christine will guide you through a fun, high success painting process. First we'll draw birch trees on watercolor paper and outline with permanent marker. Then learn to use watercolor pencils to add vibrant color to your painting.


Fall Leaves: a Painting Workshop

Capture the beauty of fall with this fun painting workshop. First we'll draw a leaf on watercolor paper.  Then learn to use watercolor pencils and add vibrant color to your painting.


Night Owls: A Painting Workshop

First you'll draw an owl on watercolor paper under Christine's step by step guidance. Then you'll learn to paint with watercolor pencils, bringing your owl to life with colors of your choice.


Winter Cardinals: A Painting Workshop

Beginners welcome!  A cardinal in the snow will be our inspiration for this fun hands-on painting workshop. First you'll draw with pencil on watercolor paper. Then you'll learn to paint with watercolor pencils using several different techniques under Christine's guidance.


Butterflies: A Painting Workshop

Beginners welcome! Celebrate the season and express your creativity  with this fun painting workshop. First we'll draw a butterfly on watercolor paper from photo reference.  Then learn to use watercolor pencils under Christine's guidance to add vibrant color to your painting.


Dreamtime: Australian Dot Paintings

Learn about the Australian Aboriginal tradition of telling creation stories through symbolic paintings, called “dreaming”. Then use collage and tempera paint to create your own “Dreamtime” art.


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Henna Hand Paintings

Come learn about henna hand designs of India. You'll practice sketching popular henna motifs and then paint your own hands using washable water color pencils. A fun multicultural program!


Animal Hand Paintings

Transform your hand into an animal face using washable watercolor pencils.  Christine will walk you through a step by step process for creating your own furry or feathered friend. (Please note: this program is 60 minutes long.)


Paint to the Rhythm

Join us for this fun art program and get into the creative groove of abstract painting. Christine will teach techniques for painting to the rhythm of music using watercolor pencils. No art experience required!  You’ll leave with a small finished painting. (Please note, this is a 60 minute program.)


Draw, Paint, Go! An Art Workshop

Learn about artist Keith Haring and his signature high energy style. Practice drawing symbols of people in motion and outline with permanent marker. Then add color to your finished piece by painting with watercolor pencils. (Please note, this is a 60 minute program.)


"How to Draw" Programs


How to Draw Mexican Sugar Skulls

Join us for this fun multicultural program.  We'll learn about the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos and some of the cheerfully creepy artwork that comes with it. Then we'll make our own drawings inspired by colorful sugar skull candies.


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How to Draw Horses

Horses are beautiful animals, and they're fun to draw.  Come learn to draw the basic proportions of a horse as well as some of the traits that make each horse unique.  


How to Draw Comics

Crazy for comics? Come learn what makes your favorites great. You'll draw a main character and a side kick, then design your own comic strip for them.  You can invent your own characters or base your comic on characters you already know and love.


Doodling and Coloring Programs


Tangled Fall Leaves: A Coloring Workshop

Autumn leaves and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this hands-on art workshop. You will free hand draw or transfer a leaf design to decorate and color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. You'll also learn coloring tips for improving your colored pencil techniques that you can put to use any time.  No art experience required; beginners welcome! 


Holiday Tangles: A Coloring Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Come learn about tangling and enjoy coloring your own holiday design with Christine's guidance and your own creativity.  Finished holiday tangles will be mounted on colored paper and can be given as a gift, framed, or turned into a card.


Tangled Snowflakes: A Doodling Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. No art experience required! Come learn about tangling and make a beautiful snowflake tangle with Christine's guidance and your own creativity.


Zendalas: A Doodling Workshop

What is a Zendala? A Mandala (a circular design) decorated with Zentangles (a form of doodling). Join us and create your own Zendala coloring page following Christine's step-by-step instructions, then color to your heart's content. No art experience required; beginners welcome! 


Tangled Butterflies: A Doodling Workshop

Butterflies and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this hands-on art workshop. You will free hand draw or trace a butterfly to decorate and color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. You'll also learn coloring tips for improving your colored pencil techniques that you can put to use any time.  No art experience required; beginners welcome! 


Tangled Valentine Hearts: A Doodling Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. No art experience required! Come learn about tangling and make a beautiful Valentine with Christine's guidance and your own creativity. Can be made into a card, given as a gift, or kept for yourself!


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The Art of Tangling: A Doodling Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Christine introduces the basics of tangling and encourages you to add your own creative twists as well. Designs can stay black and white or be colored with colored pencils.